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NSF-funded Plant Genomics Internships at University of Missouri

Karen Cone ConeK at missouri.edu
Tue Feb 1 15:39:02 EST 2005

Plant Genomics Internships at University of Missouri-Columbia PGI @ MU
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Program Details
*  Eight-week summer program (June 4 - July 30, 2005)
*  $2800 stipend, one hour of research credit
*  Room (double) and board provided on-campus in air-conditioned dormitories
*  Travel expenses to and from Columbia provided
*  Travel money available to present research at a scientific meeting

Plant Genomics at Missouri
The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) is a nationally recognized 
center for plant genetics research and has received multiple grants 
from the National Science Foundation to fund research in plant 
structural and functional genomics.  Faculty in biological sciences, 
biochemistry, plant sciences/agronomy, and the USDA/ARS are eager to 
provide training opportunities for undergraduates who wish to 
participate in collaborative research.  Research problems include: 
genome organization, gene expression, signal transduction, hormone 
action, organelle biochemistry, disease resistance, and crop plant 
productivity.  Genomics approaches to understanding these problems 
include:  genetic and physical mapping, functional analysis, and 

PGI @ MU Summer Internship Activities
Undergraduates will be selected to spend eight weeks working on an 
individual plant genomics research project under the guidance of an 
MU faculty mentor. Each week, interns will attend brown bag lunches 
and evening seminars to discuss their projects and learn about issues 
related to research and careers in science. Specific activies with 
plant genomics focus will include:  a biweekly journal club and a 
day-trip to one of the plant science centers in St. Louis. At the end 
of the summer, PGI @ MU interns will join over 90 other summer 
interns to present their results at a poster symposium.  Regular 
social activities will provide opportunities for students to get to 
know each other and other members of the MU science community.

The Campus and Community
MU, the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system is home 
to 23,000 students and 1,400 faculty.  Columbia is located midway 
between St. Louis and Kansas City and combines the benefits of larger 
cities-a wide array of dining, art, theater, music, and worship 
opportunities-with the convenience of a small college town.

Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and 
entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in college, majoring 
in biology, biochemistry, plant science or a related field and 
intending to pursue graduate work in one of the life sciences. 
Preference will be given to students enrolled at universities other 
than MU.  Ten internships are available.

Application Deadline and Selection Process
Deadline for application is February 10, 2005.  Applications will be 
screened as received, and students will be notified of acceptance to 
the program no later than the third week of March.  Interns will be 
matched with mentors based on research interests / preferences 
provided in the application.

Download an application form from our website: 

For additional information, contact Dr. Linda Blockus:  
blockusl at missouri.edu, 573-882-5979

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